Balanced Trade – Future Komp Tue, 22 Nov 2022 04:57:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Balanced Trade – Future Komp 32 32 India Canada FTA Are we on the right track Tue, 22 Nov 2022 04:57:28 +0000

Western economies are increasingly recognizing India as a geopolitical and trading partner. India is also essential to Canada’s strategy in the Indo-Pacific region. India is also keen to strengthen its ties with Canada, acknowledging that Trade Minister Piyush Goyal has announced that India and Canada will review its Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with India, the progress of which will be examined every 15 days. If that happens, Canada will be the first among the G7 countries to sign a pact with India.

What is FTA?

Simply put, FTA stands for Free Trade Agreement. The agreement can be signed between two or more partners when they agree on certain obligations that protect trade, investment and IPRs (intellectual property rights), among other issues. The idea is to reduce or remove trade barriers between parties. So far, India has signed FTAs ​​with 13 countries. It helps the business sector of the countries to easily enter and compete in the market through zero or minimum tariffs. This creates a more predictable and transparent trading environment.

Since India has one of the highest import tariffs, at over 15%, it is important to have these agreements to increase imports. IPR protection is important to support artistic inventions and investments in research and development (r&d). For example, investments to develop drugs require high R&D with a lot of uncertainty.

Where are trade relations today?

India exports $2.9 billion to Canada compared to $2.85 billion in 2019-20. Imports amounted to $2.66 billion from $3.9 billion in 2019-20. Much of this trade is in agri-food products. Although the trade is balanced and there is no major deficit, there is still a lot of untapped potential.

If India expects to push for better market access for pharmaceuticals, agricultural products, more jobs in information technology, ready-to-wear and export of biological products indians. Basically, India wants to diversify its export list. For Canada, India is a good option to expand its trade options as the United States becomes more protectionist. The first still has most of its trade with the United States. Canada’s second largest trading partner is China, which is becoming a risky place to do business. In addition, Canada wants to increase its presence in the Indo-Pacific region, which gives it more incentive to increase its trade with India. The country can benefit from a Comprehensive Economic Partnership (CEPA) with India.

Talks for an FTA between India and Canada started over a decade ago in 2010, after which the last rounds of talks took place in 2017. There was a lull since 2017, until that we have seen talks of reviving negotiations on the trade deal in March 2022. while it was May 2022, the second round of talks had already begun. In September 2022, a fourth round of talks had already taken place and the two sides reached an Early Progress Trade Agreement (EPTA). The latest round ended on November 14, details of which have yet to be released.

According to some estimates, India is expected to become the third largest economy after the United States and China. Considering this fact, it is not surprising that many countries want to sign a trade agreement with India. Canada is currently an ideal place where this can be a win-win situation for both parties. There are minor, resolvable issues between the two countries, such as dairy trade and permit approvals. However, none of these issues are more important than life. We are in a good position to move towards CEPA by 2023. Given the subdued trade figures between the two countries at the moment, we are in a good position to amplify it.

UN climate talks drag on extension with little progress Sat, 19 Nov 2022 08:24:40 +0000

Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt (AP)-United Nations Climate Translections were extended on Saturday with few signs of a breakthrough, while negotiations remain suspended on key issues, including funds for losses and Damage suffered by the poorest vulnerable countries affected by the extreme weather.

Officials from the delegations of the countries arrived in the vast conference zone, now almost empty, for another day of negotiations.

“The negotiations lasted all night,” said Egyptian diplomat Wael Aboulmagd, who heads the Egyptian delegation. “We had to finalize certain documents.”

The British Alok Sharma, who presided over last year’s talks in Glasgow, said that his team was going to “watch and see what the last text is, but the key point is that it must be ambitious and balanced”.

In a setback, the main American envoy for the climate, John Kerry, was tested positive for COVVI-19 although he only presents mild symptoms and works by phone with his negotiation team and his foreign counterparts, said his spokesperson Friday evening.

An official speaking on behalf of the African negotiator group said they knew little.

“We constantly hear about night parallel meetings to get out of the deadlock, but we have not been involved and we are waiting to see what they will offer before deciding,” they said.

There was also an increasing frustration among the negotiators as to the way in which the Egyptian presidency presided over the talks. Some deplored a lack of transparency in consultations while others said that the process was unpredictable compared to previous talks.

The meeting known as COP27 opened two weeks ago and was to end on Friday, but should continue throughout the weekend.

Many of the more than 40,000 participants left the city and the workers began to pack the vast pavilions of the vast conference zone.

COP meetings have evolved over the years to look like commercial fairs, many countries and industrial groups set up stands and displays for meetings and round tables.

In many stands, the chairs were carefully stacked ready to be withdrawn and the monitors had been removed, leaving the cables hanging walls. Brochures and brochures were scattered on tables and soils. The snack bars, which, according to the Egyptian organizers, would remain open all weekend, have been emptied.

At the youth pavilion, a gathering place for young activists, a pile of handwritten postcards of children to negotiators was left on a table, in what was perhaps an appropriate metaphor for the progress While the talks hardly progressed.

“Dear COP27 negotiators,” we read on a card. “Thank you for going to COP27 this year. I hope you can bring more this time. Do not forget to keep it at 1.5, to have big waves of heat this year and to continue to Beat for a good planet.

A burst of occasional wind from the nearby open doors has blown some of the cards on the ground.


Theodora Tongas contributed to this report.


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We remain committed to a trade deal with India, but we need to get it right, says UK PM Rishi Sunak Wed, 16 Nov 2022 09:17:49 +0000

We remain committed to getting a trade deal with India, but we need to get it right, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said in Bali, Indonesia, at the G20 summit.

Earlier on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met his British counterpart Rishi Sunak after taking office for the first time on the sidelines of the 17th edition of the G20 summit. This is the first face-to-face between the two leaders. Earlier in October, Prime Ministers Modi and Sunak spoke on the phone and stressed the importance of a speedy conclusion of a “balanced and comprehensive” free trade agreement between the two countries.

Sunak has greenlighted 3,000 visas for young Indian professionals to work in the UK each year. The British government has declared India to be the first nationwide visa country to benefit from such a scheme, underscoring the strength of the UK-India partnership on migration and mobility entered into l ‘last year.

“Today the UK-India Young Professionals Scheme has been confirmed, offering 3,000 places for qualified Indian nationals aged 18-30 to come to the UK to live and work for up to two years,” said said the British Prime Minister’s office. in a tweet. The announcement in the Downing Street reading came hours after Sunak met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the 17th G20 summit. It was their first meeting after the first Indian-born British prime minister took office last month.

Under the new UK-India Young Professionals Scheme, the UK will offer 3,000 places a year for qualified Indian nationals aged 18-30 to come to the UK to live and work in the UK for two years at most. The scheme will be reciprocal.

“The launch of the program is an important moment both for our bilateral relationship with India and for the UK’s wider commitment to forging stronger ties with the Indo-Pacific region to strengthen our two economies.” , Downing Street said in a statement.
He said the UK had more ties to India than almost any country in the Indo-Pacific region. Almost a quarter of all international students in the UK come from India, and Indian investment in the UK supports 95,000 jobs across the UK.

The UK is currently negotiating a trade deal with India – if agreed, it will be India’s first such deal with a European country. The trade deal would build on the UK’s trade relationship with India, which is already worth £24 billion, and allow the UK to seize the opportunities presented by India’s growing economy.

(With contributions from agencies)

Developers could have prevented 2022 crypto hacks if they had taken basic security measures Sun, 13 Nov 2022 21:49:27 +0000

Users who lose funds due to malicious activity are virtually unheard of on Ethereum. In fact, this is the very reason why researchers recently developed a proposal to introduce a type of token that is reversible in the event of hacking or other unsavory behavior.

Specifically, the suggestion would see the creation of an ERC-20R and an ERC-721R, which would be modified versions of the standards governing both regular Ethereum tokens and non-fungible tokens (NFTs).

The premise is this: This new standard would allow users to make a “freeze request” on recent transactions that would freeze those funds until a “decentralized judicial system” determines the validity of the transaction. Both sides would be allowed to present their evidence and judges would be randomly selected from a decentralized group to minimize collusion.

At the end of the process, a verdict would be rendered and either the funds would be returned or they would remain where they are. This decision would then be final and without further dispute. This would open up a convenient way for victims of hacking and other malicious activities to recover their assets in a direct and community-based way.

Unfortunately, this may well be an unnecessary and ultimately harmful proposition. One of the cornerstones of the decentralized philosophy is that transactions only go in one direction. They cannot be undone under virtually any circumstances. This new change in protocol would undermine this fundamental precept and in order to fix what is not broken.

There is also the fact that even implementing such tokens would be a logistical nightmare. Unless every platform switched to the new standard, there would be huge loopholes in the system, meaning thieves could simply quickly swap their reversible assets for non-reversible assets and avoid the repercussions entirely. This would render the entire asset completely useless, and more than likely users would simply not engage with it.

Moreover, the whole idea of ​​judicial control implies centralization. Isn’t independence from a third party the exact reason why cryptocurrency was created? The existing proposal is unclear on how these judges are chosen, except that it will be “randomly”. Without the system being very carefully balanced, it is difficult to say that collusion or manipulation is impossible.

A better proposition

Ultimately, the notion of a reversible crypto asset may be well-intentioned, but it’s also completely unnecessary. The premise introduces a lot of new complexities in terms of actually integrating into existing systems, and it even assumes that platforms want to use it. However, there are other ways to provide security in the decentralized ecosystem that do not compromise what makes cryptocurrency so powerful in the first place.

For one thing, auditing all smart contract codes on an ongoing basis. Many problems in decentralized finance (DeFi) stem from exploits present in the underlying smart contracts. Comprehensive, independent security audits can help identify potential issues before these protocols are released. Additionally, it’s important to try to understand how multiple contracts will interact together when they go live, as some issues only arise when used in the wild.

Any deployed contract will have risk factors that need to be monitored and defended against. However, many development teams lack a robust security monitoring solution. Often the first sign that something wrong is happening comes from a chain diagnosis. Massive or unusual transactions and other unusual transaction patterns may indicate an attack occurring in real time. Being able to spot and understand these signals is key to staying on top of them.

Related: Biden’s anemic crypto framework offered nothing new

Of course, there must also be a system in place to document and record events and communicate the most important information to the appropriate entities. Some alerts may be sent to the developer team and others may be made available to the community. With a community so informed, better security can come in a way that aligns with decentralized ethics rather than being relegated to a function of judicial oversight.

Let’s go back to the example of the Ronin hack. It took the team behind the project six full days to realize an attack had taken place, only becoming aware when a user complained that they could not withdraw funds. If real-time network monitoring had been in place, a response could have occurred almost instantly on the first large suspicious transaction. Instead, no one noticed for almost a week, which gave the attacker enough time to continue moving funds and hiding his history.

It seems pretty obvious that reversible tokens wouldn’t have helped this situation much, but monitoring might have. By the time this was noticed, many of the stolen coins had been repeatedly transferred to wallets and exchanges. Could all these transactions simply be rolled back? The complexities introduced, as well as the possible new risks created, mean that this endeavor is simply not worth it. Especially considering that there are already powerful mechanisms that can provide a similar level of security and accountability.

Instead of messing with the formula that makes crypto so powerful, it would make much more sense to implement comprehensive and continuous security processes on Web3 so that decentralized assets remain immutable but not unprotected.

Stephen Lloyd Webber is a software engineer and author with a diverse background in simplifying complex situations. He is fascinated by open source, decentralization and everything related to the Ethereum blockchain. Stephen currently works in product marketing at Open Zeppelin, a leading crypto-security technology and services company, and holds a master’s degree in English Writing from New Mexico State University.

This article is for general informational purposes and is not intended to be and should not be considered legal or investment advice. The views, thoughts and opinions expressed herein are those of the author alone and do not necessarily reflect or represent the views and opinions of Cointelegraph.

Can St Kilda Football Club change or is the change just the same? Fri, 11 Nov 2022 08:20:00 +0000

Bassat struggled with the fact his instincts were telling him he might have to make a change he didn’t like to make given the board had only extended the coach’s contract by two years in July, a move that can now be seen as a symptom of the underlying. problems.

Ross Lyon with St Kilda Chairman Andrew Bassat.Credit:Getty Images

He triangulated the data, heard the incumbent who couldn’t convince him he was the Saints’ next premiership coach, then with a heavy heart made the call he thought was in the best interest of the club. It hurt Ratten in a way only he can describe and also hurt the president who knew a good man when he saw one in the coach.

If Bassat made the decision so late, it was because, overall, not enough had been dealt with earlier. Early wins masked problems, the sugar shots of business acquisitions fueled the energy before eventual realities saw blame shifted elsewhere, to midfield, or the sale of home games, or to players who hadn’t played as hoped, towards goal kicks or towards fitness.

Despite the scrutiny and new team involved, the residual damage from this inaction followed by heavy-handed calls can be dangerous, which is why the appointment of the sometimes gruff, but always blunt and fair Geoff Walsh as football manager is essential.

The board won’t die wondering what’s going on in the football department, and they won’t have any doubts as to what they think of their questions, for better or for worse. This will suit Bassat and new coach Ross Lyon.


Lyon has brought together a group that knows how to drive performance and growth. He feels ready to delegate to Lenny Hayes, Robert Harvey, Brendon Goddard, Dave Misson and those who stayed, including Corey Enright in team defense, David Rath in strategy and Damian Carroll in development. The roles of Jarryd Roughead and Graeme Allan will need to be defined.

Despite the shock and disappointment over the Ratten decision, most footballers believe Saints will improve, at least in the short term, as Lyon embark on what he described on 3AW as a simple model that relies on solid planning and hard work.

“We have to identify what kind of team and individuals we want to be and what action will get us there and commit to that action until you get what you want,” Lyon said.

The challenge for the coach and those around him will be to resist enacting the same sometimes crazy routines that brought them closer to the flag in 2009 and 2010 but ultimately left them without a Premier Cup and in the decade that followed, as Walsh so eloquently put it, irrelevant.

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Daily news from online research no. 34126 Wed, 02 Nov 2022 23:03:45 +0000

New MFour studio combines behavioral and survey data

November 2, 2022

In the US, mobile search specialist MFour has launched a new unified home for all of its SaaS products, under its existing MFour Studio brand. Within it, a new analytics workbench called Consumer Explorer allows clients to combine consumer opinion data from surveys with behavioral data collected through observation.

MFour uses GPS technology to collect information at what it calls the “emotion point”; and its Surveys On The Go (SOTG) app provides access to an all-mobile panel, which tracks more than ten million app, website, and brick-and-mortar journeys. Last year, the company launched an omnichannel customer journey platform called Atlas Views, with access to 100,000 “demographically balanced” consumers – it’s now part of Studio.

The new MFour Studio brings together survey data with consumer behavioral data from SOTG – the latter totaling some 500 million events every 90 days. Customers can use the new Consumer Explorer tool to combine and visualize these two streams – a task according to MFour could previously only be accomplished using expensive data science hires and complex platforms like MySQL, if done at all.

The revived Studio also provides access to personal company views – which provide hard data on site visits over time, as well as app and web data measuring consumer digital traffic; and puts the company’s Survey Builder and Data Marketplace at users’ fingertips. CEO Chris St. Hilaire (pictured) comments, “Consumers own their shopping and search data, and want to control who gets it. We believe in ‘Fair Trade Data’ – fairly compensating people for sharing their behavior on the app and on the web – which helps our customers to study specific behavior”.


All articles 2006-22 written and edited by Mel Crowther and/or Nick Thomas, unless otherwise noted.

Privacy of health data Mon, 31 Oct 2022 14:10:48 +0000

Broadreach Group roundtable with Africa CDC and Palladium Group unveils risks and responsibilities for protecting and sharing health data in Africa

When it comes to personal health data protection in Africa, governments and regions have a clear responsibility to protect their citizens. Especially in the age of the rapid proliferation of personal data and malicious actors who want to access it. However, this must be weighed against the importance and value of sharing vital health data across platforms and geographies to manage the global spread of infectious diseases as travel increases post-pandemic. The good news is that these seemingly conflicting priorities don’t have to be a situation: smart policies, thoughtful frameworks, and underlying technologies can enable both privacy and data sharing.

That was the consensus at the BroadReach Group’s recent Q&A webinar on the thorny topic of health and safety data in Africa, to mark October Cybersecurity Awareness Month. The webinar covered the importance of health data ownership, data protection versus data sharing, and data residency, including personal ownership of health data, as well as challenges and responsibilities. public and private organizations to ensure their safety.

Ruan Viljoen, BroadReach Group Chief Technology Officer, led the discussion with Dr. Farley R. Cleghorn, Global Head of Health Practice at Palladium Group and Dr. Justin Maeda, Senior Regional Collaborating Centers (RCC) Coordinator. at the African Center for Diseases. Control (CDC), to explore challenges from multiple angles. The session took the form of a Q&A with members of the audience – comprised of health and program officials from across the continent – ​​presenting their key challenges to experts for live discussion and debate. BroadReach Group is a social enterprise focused on health equity.

Key takeaways from the webinar:

  1. Privacy of health information is a basic human right

“Health data is the most sensitive personal data we can store and warrants an even stricter duty of care,” Viljoen said in his opening remarks. “We shouldn’t be putting individuals in a position where they have to trade their privacy in order to receive good health care.”

“Governments are the guardians of the human rights of their people and therefore have the primary responsibility to protect their citizens’ data, but the issue is complex and a multi-sector approach is needed,” Dr Maeda said. One way governments could protect their citizens is to disaggregate or anonymize their health data, to make it impersonal and unidentifiable to third parties.

  1. Cybersecurity becomes more important in healthcare as attacks increase

“We have seen a year-over-year increase in attacks against organizations in terms of the number of attacks and successful data breaches where data is exfiltrated and sold on the black market. Attackers are quite patient and look around. Recent studies show that it takes an average of 271 days for organizations to detect that they have been hacked, and around 70 more days to rectify the situation. So you’re looking at a good chunk of the year before you can get back to normality,” Viljoen said. This not only damages reputation and finances, but also interferes with service delivery, which is detrimental in healthcare settings, he said.

Three important international standards establish international best practices for the protection of general personal information and personal health information: the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in Europe, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) in United States and in the private sector. led the HITRUST Alliance.

One of the technologies that can make data sharing more secure is tokenization, because tokens are much less valuable to attackers than actual data, Viljoen said.

  1. Consumer data is an ever-evolving responsibility

“Personal datasets about anything relating to the individual are changing. We have to embrace it because it’s not going away,” Dr Cleghorn said. “Individuals need to take control of their health data. You should assume that you have the right to access this information, that you can control your information, and that you can use it for your own benefit. »

Viljoen agreed: “We have more data points on every aspect of the individual than ever before, and that will only increase over the next few years. This can be very good for tailored individual healthcare, but the data must be used ethically and safely.

“We can learn from other industries such as fintech and payments, which have been targets of cybercrime for decades. They use tools such as data tokenization, disaggregation and de-identification to make sharing personal data much safer,” Viljoen said. “I don’t think we should be trying to solve this problem as a healthcare industry on our own – we need to come together as a collective and share solutions.”

  1. African countries begin to develop and collaborate on data regulations

While the 55 Member States of the African Union all differ in terms of the extent of their data policies and standards, Africa CDC strives to establish common minimum standards for the collection, storage, management , data protection and transmission within the African Union. . The “Health Information Exchange Policy and Standard” is being developed and once signed by the various Heads of State, Africa CDC will support countries to achieve these minimum standards through policies and technological solutions.

Dr Maeda said secure intercontinental data sharing was particularly important given the increased mobility of people. “To put it into perspective, a person can now be on five continents in one day, so diseases can spread quickly.”

But while data sharing was important for public health management reasons, data protection was important for individuals. “While governments have the primary responsibility to protect the data rights of their citizens, other partners such as the African Union, the United Nations, non-governmental organizations and the private sector must all play their part to ensure that protection. Healthcare development organizations need to embed data security into their development practices,” Maeda said.

Dr Cleghorn said it was important to have regional and pan-African agreements to protect the right to privacy, the right to protected health information and the establishment of safeguards on how information is shared. “The wide availability of mobile platforms has made this much more important and urgent. We need fast access to health information in the hands of the consumer.

  1. Where data resides is not the be-all and end-all of data security

When it comes to data residency, it cannot be said that data is safer in the cloud or on-premises. It depends on many factors and in many cases a hybrid hosting environment makes the most sense, Viljoen said. The same principle applies to open-source versus open-source, where each organization’s choice depends on its circumstances and responsibilities. “There is no right or wrong. What is important is that the solutions you use are suitable for your purpose, that the data is used with your consent, that a data policy is in place, that all regulations are applied and, if possible, that the data is encrypted to make it useless.

  1. Ecosystem mapping can be useful in data management

“If you make an ecosystem map, you should be able to describe all the components of data generation, data storage, data retrieval, and data usage, and it becomes a circle virtuous,” said Dr. Cleghorn. “Many countries are at different stages of this journey and they can learn from the successes and mistakes of others. But to do this, we need platforms for sharing information, to help others achieve their goals. Learning how to map your data ecosystem and your stakeholders, from others who have already done it, can be a very useful exercise. »

He also warned that personal information such as sexual orientation can be benign in one context and dangerous in another, so it was important to understand the data security requirements at different levels of data, particularly in terms of sensitive data.

Dr Cleghorn continued: “We are going to generate more and more data on all aspects of people’s lives. To manage this, we need to take an ecosystem approach and think about all the levels of data security that need to be applied. We need to better understand the ecosystem wherever we work.

A recording of the webinar can be viewed here.

Celtics are great in transition, but not great at getting out and running Fri, 28 Oct 2022 14:00:00 +0000

Early in the season, the Celtics and first-year head coach Joe Mazzulla focused on picking up the pace.

In their season opener, the Celtics executed the fast break effectively and often; The C’s outscored the Sixers 24-2(!) in transition and looked like one of the most dangerous teams on the open court.

Mazulla commented on the team’s successful transition after the game: “I think [playing fast] is a strength of our team.

They didn’t keep it, however.

In subsequent games, the Celtics only scored 12, 18, and 10 points in transition. On the season, they rank 25th in the NBA in transition frequency (how often a team creates an offense per transition) with just 22.7% of their offense on the fast break.

Why did they take their foot off the accelerator pedal?

Well, it’s certainly not because they haven’t been effective and powerful when they have shoot.

The men in green score on 56% of their transition opportunities, ranked fourth in the entire NBA. They also give up on just 3% of their transition opportunities, the lowest number in the league. These are really promising numbers despite only four games in the season.

Simply put: the Celtics don’t run often at all. But when they do, they’re incredibly effective. They create more points than most other teams (by scoring or reaching the foul line), and they return it less than any other team in transition. So they should do it more!

What makes it work?

Jayson Tatum is the leader of the snake. Remember last season when opposing players gave up on Freight Train Tatum in order to stop the fast break? Well, you can’t do that anymore (well, you can, it’s just not a good strategy if you care about winning), and Tatum was unleashed on the court.

Tatum is scoring 1.29 points per possession in transition (8th in the NBA for skilled players), and it’s easy to see why he’s so effective with his opportunities. His 6’8 (6’10?), 210-pound frame combined with his elite ball-handling ability make him one of the most formidable covers in the NBA. Unlike most players of his size, he is able to move laterally and fluidly in transition while remaining balanced and holding his head up to seek out open teammates. There are few players in the entire league with his physical tools and skills on the ball, and watching him in transition is perhaps the easiest way to notice that.

It doesn’t end with Tatum, however. Every Celtics rotation player can bring Something at the table during the break. Jaylen can use his athleticism and enhanced finishing ability (especially with his left hand) to be effective in situations similar to Tatum’s.

Malcolm Brogdon, Derrick White and Marcus Smart, while not as difficult to stop at full speed, are all excellent decision makers who can find open teammates and handle the ground well.

Al Horford and Noah Vonleh – two big above average in conditioning and speed – are perfect for the break. And Grant Williams. Well, Grant Williams can fit into any attacking scheme with his ability to shoot all three and move the ball.

More importantly, every aforementioned player (aside from Vonleh) is capable of hitting the three-ball, which spaces out defenses and allows for easy driving lanes when the defense comes back (if you’re playing against the Lakers, on the other hand side, the defense just sprints towards the paint and doesn’t worry about Pat Beverley, Russell Westbrook, Anthony Davis or Lonnie Walker getting all three shots).

The same reasons the Celtics’ defense was effective last year – athleticism, versatility, speed – are the same reasons the Celtics should to be one of the best transition teams in the NBA. And, they are… when they actually do.

You can’t push it if you can’t get it

The Celtics’ ability (or lack thereof) to rebound defensively has certainly hampered their ability to get out and run. Boston is in the bottom half of the league in defensive rebound percentage (71.4%), and it’s hard to push the ball when you get it out from under the basket on about 30% of the possessions you get. Without solving the defensive rebound problem, it will be difficult for the Celtics to get out and run more, but that’s just another reason why the return of Robert Williams – or the potential for a big trade via – should improve the game. Celtics overall outlook. (apart from the obvious defensive worries).

SCHARF INVESTMENTS, LLC purchases 2 Tue, 25 Oct 2022 14:24:21 +0000

SCHARF INVESTMENTS, LLC recently filed its 13F report for the third quarter of 2022, which ended on 2022-09-30.

The 13F report details the stocks that were in a guru’s stock portfolio at the end of the quarter, although investors should note that these filings are limited in scope, containing only an overview of long stock positions. listed in the United States and American certificates of deposit at the end of the quarter. They are not required to include international holdings, short positions or other types of investments. Yet even this limited repository can provide valuable information.

Scharf Investments, LLC is an investment management company based in Scotts Valley, California. The company was established in 1983 and has grown since its inception to today have 19 employees of which 8 are investment professionals. The company is employee-owned, with Brian A. Krawez holding majority control of the company, and the remaining ownership is divided among Jeffery R. Scharf and other key executives. Scharf Investments conducts its research in-house, using fundamental methodology to make its investment decisions. The company invests in the value stocks of companies of all market capitalizations in the public equity and fixed income markets in the United States. The company compares its equity portfolios to the S&P 500 Index and its balanced portfolios to the Lipper Balanced Fund Average. Scharf Investments invests the most in the information technology sector, which alone accounts for more than a third of its total asset allocations, and also invests in the consumer discretionary, healthcare, finance, energy, consumer staples, utilities and telecommunications, among others. sectors to a lesser extent, in descending order of allocation. The company’s top 10 holdings make up about half of its total holdings and the company has a relatively low turnover rate of 7.8%. Scharf Investments holds over $4 billion in assets under management across more than 2,300 accounts, all of which are discretionary except for 2 which account for $120 million of its assets under management. The company’s total number of accounts and total assets under management have grown in recent years, with its total assets under management growing significantly from less than half a billion to more than 8 times that amount today. Scharf Investments mainly targets wealthy individuals, who alone represent more than three quarters of its clientele. The company currently offers its Scharf mutual funds, Scharf Balanced Opportunity and Scharf Global Opportunity.

According to the latest 13F report, the guru’s stock portfolio contained 50 stocks valued at a total of $2.65 billion. Top holdings were MCK (8.41%), BRK.B (7.65%) and CVS (6.51%).

According to data from GuruFocus, these were SCHARF INVESTMENTS, LLC’s top five deals of the quarter.

Masco Corp.

The guru sold his investment of 1,512,755 shares in NYSE:MAS. Previously, the stock had a weighting of 2.61% in the equity portfolio. The shares traded at an average price of $52.05 during the quarter.

On 10/25/2022, Masco Corp traded at a price of $48.05 per share and a market capitalization of $10.80 billion. The stock has returned -20.37% over the past year.

GuruFocus gives the company a financial strength rating of 5 out of 10 and a profitability rating of 9 out of 10.

In terms of valuation, Masco Corp has a price/earnings ratio of 13.36, a price/earnings/growth (PEG) ratio of 1.94, an EV/EBITDA ratio of 10.28 and a price/sales ratio of 1. ,31.

The GF price/value ratio is 0.61, giving the stock a GF value rank of 10.

Liberty Broadband Corp.

SCHARF INVESTMENTS, LLC reduced its investment in NAS: LBRDK by 576,859 shares. The transaction had an impact of 2.27% on the equity portfolio. During the quarter, the stock traded at an average price of $106.38.

On 10/25/2022, Liberty Broadband Corp traded at a price of $77.9375 per share and a market capitalization of $11.85 billion. The stock has returned -56.26% over the past year.

GuruFocus gives the company a financial strength rating of 4 out of 10 and a profitability rating of 6 out of 10.

In terms of valuation, Liberty Broadband Corp has a price/earnings ratio of 9.59, a price/book ratio of 1.34, an EV/Ebitda ratio of 7.39 and a price/sales ratio of 13.62.

The GF price/value ratio is 0.01, giving the security a GF value rank of 2.

Reservation Holdings Inc

During the quarter, SCHARF INVESTMENTS, LLC purchased 33,872 shares of NAS:BKNG for a total holding of 46,705. The transaction had a 2.1% impact on the equity portfolio. During the quarter, the stock traded at an average price of $1,878.43.

On 10/25/2022, Booking Holdings Inc traded at a price of $1806.13 per share and a market capitalization of $71.92 billion. The stock has returned -24.93% over the past year.

GuruFocus gives the company a financial strength rating of 6 out of 10 and a profitability rating of 8 out of 10.

In terms of valuation, Booking Holdings Inc has a price-to-earnings ratio of 48.29, a price-to-book ratio of 18.17, an EV-to-Ebitda ratio of 23.58, and a price-to-sales ratio of 5.08.

The GF price/value ratio is 0.61, giving the stock a GF value rank of 10.

Smith & Nephew PLC

The guru established a new position worth 2,066,956 shares in NYSE:SNN, giving the stock a 1.81% weighting in the equity portfolio. The shares traded at an average price of $25.63 during the quarter.

On 10/25/2022, Smith & Nephew PLC traded at a price of $23.24 per share and a market capitalization of $9.97 billion. The stock has returned -32.83% over the past year.

GuruFocus gives the company a financial strength rating of 6 out of 10 and a profitability rating of 8 out of 10.

In terms of valuation, Smith & Nephew PLC has a price/earnings ratio of 23.06, a price/book ratio of 2.01, an EV/EBITDA ratio of 11.32 and a price/sales ratio of 2.17 .

The GF price/value ratio is 0.55, giving the stock a GF value rank of 8.

Microsoft Corp.

SCHARF INVESTMENTS, LLC reduced its investment in NAS:MSFT by 165,206 shares. The transaction had an impact of 1.45% on the equity portfolio. During the quarter, the stock traded at an average price of $264.05.

On 10/25/2022, Microsoft Corp traded at a price of $245.91 per share and a market capitalization of $1,843.96 billion. The stock has returned -19.22% over the past year.

GuruFocus gives the company a financial strength rating of 8 out of 10 and a profitability rating of 10 out of 10.

In terms of valuation, Microsoft Corp has a price/earnings ratio of 25.65, a price/book ratio of 11.08, a price/earnings/growth (PEG) ratio of 1.25, an EV/Ebitda ratio of 17.96 and a price-to-sales ratio of 9.40.

The GF price/value ratio is 0.79, giving the stock a GF value rank of 7.

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Circus Electrique update now available (version 1.2.0), patch notes Sat, 22 Oct 2022 10:18:08 +0000

A major 1.2.0 update has recently been released for Electric Circusincluding the Switch version.

New features, improvements, balance tweaks and more are included. Some of the highlights include trade resource functionality, autosave before battles, removing difficulty spikes from all districts, and more.

The full patch notes for the Circus Electrique version 1.2.0 update are as follows:

New features

Trade resources functionality added
– Schillings can be exchanged for the following resources: Food, Tools, Substance
– Feature unlocks after completing the second district
Screen Shake toggle has been added to the Settings menu
– Camera shake effects can be disabled in battles
Crafting button “Hold to craft” warning
– A warning appears when the player clicks on the “Craft” button in the Artisan building instead of holding it down


Auto-save before battles
– Instead of autosaving after the start of a battle, autosaves will now take place before the battle, giving the player the option to change the battle team if something goes wrong.
Improved visibility of Superskill activation animation
– Super Skill activation animation is now more pronounced and Amazemeter animation at the start of battles when Super Skills are available has been added
District Reset available from District 2
– Several Time Capsule items can be looted before they are available for crafting
Boss No Leak Status Icon
– Bosses now have a special status effect explaining that they will not flee from battle
Minor performance optimization
– Optimization of visual effects mainly concerning low-end PCs and last generation consoles


Difficulty spikes have been removed from all districts
– We have identified and rebalanced some battles causing issues for many players, mainly in the 4th, 5th and 6th districts
Boss difficulty rebalanced
– Reduced boss difficulty in Districts 1, 2 and 4 based on player feedback
Minor Circus Show setup balancing fixes
– We made it easier to get stars on some circus blueprints
Recruitable characters can have higher devotion
– We have expanded the random devotion range for random characters on the train, pushing the upper limit
Random characters are more likely to have a random passive ability
– More recruitable characters in the train will possess a random ability


– Damage bonus now scales correctly with devotion in all cases
– Minor level graphical fixes
– Fixed an animation issue that could appear in the final boss fight if the boss used the “Kick” skill
– Fixed an issue on PC where controller navigation could hang if the player changed video settings in windowed mode. This problem can appear mainly with 21:9 monitors, which have the native resolution 2560×1080
– Fixed an issue on PC where cursor graphics would not automatically change to their in-game versions
– Fixed a rare crash related to winning the battle with the strongman skill ‘Spinebreaker’
– Fixed combat level visible for a few frames at the end of the District 4 boss fight
– Unspent Circus Act Points are now displayed correctly in all cases on the Circus Act Upgrade UI
– Fixed an issue in the first tutorial fight if players kept trying to activate skills during the start of the 3rd round. This blocked the gameplay
– Now disappearing subtitles do not remove enemy selections and some UI elements.
– Fixed an issue that could occur if players crafted a Club Membership Card right after a boss fight. This led to navigation getting stuck on the city map
– Mysterious nodes are now unable to kill exploration team members due to HP loss. The current HP of these characters will change to 1 instead
– If players can’t start a King of the District fight because they don’t have a gold bar, the crafting window that appears now also gives an explanation
– Correct devotion costs for some of the unique Fireblowers skills

All Switch players can now download the new 1.2.0 update for Circus Electrique.